Sunday, April 26, 2015

Frits's Tapes Number 114, 115, 116, 117, 118 & 119

Tape 114:

Tape 115:

Tape 116:

Tape 117:

Tape 118:

Tape 119:

A big Thank You (I owe you a beer or two) goes to Frits for taping his 45's way back before computers made life easy and for sharing them with us. All in all about 1785 tracks covering a wide spectrum Blues, Soul, R&B and whatever else there was.

This also is a good moment for me to take a long break after about 7-8 years of ripping and posting. With the excellent informative site "Blue Eye" from Gerard Herzhaft which is a must for any blues fan and newcomer "The Blues Years" from MarcFr whose postings of out of print LP's and CD's are a very welcome addition you won't go without the Blues.

.... or at least for some time.

Various - Old Friends For The First Time Together

"The music has the unforced feel of (Chicago's) blues of the late 30s and 40s without once sounding anachronistic. The five musicians (playing as a quintet) share the vocal duties, providing striking contrasts...All the material is original in the true sense, not just old blues with reshuffled lyrics and new titles, and the quintet interprets it with real conviction. Horton is featured on four of the eleven numbers." - Manchester, England Evening News  (review for the cd adjusted for the lp)
This has been rereleased on CD some years ago with 6 extra tracks.


Muddy Waters Autograph

Something I recently bought and I'm as pleased as a monkey with a banana with it. So that been said I thought I'd share it with you.

Various - Chicago Blues In The Groove

Some good unissued( at the time) Chicago blues from artists you don't usually hear much from. The exception been Eddie Boyd of course.
Front cover is included in the rar file.


James Booker - Junco Partner

This solo disc by arguably the most brilliant of New Orleans' resplendent pianists shows off all the edge and genius he possessed. There may be moments on other discs of slightly more inspired playing (and this is arguable), but for a whole disc this one stands far from the crowd. You can hear some of the most awe-inspiring playing here that reflects the extremely broad background that he could, and did, draw from. You can hear his classical training and the brilliance of his interpretive skills in "Black Minute Waltz." He follows this with a version of Leadbelly's "Good Night Irene," which shows off his raucous bordello style of playing and voice. The disc goes on showing off the eclectic variety of influences that make up this man's music. This disc also displays the man's prodigious composing and arranging talents. Though he was regarded as eccentric and crazy, even by New Orleans' accepting standards (he was a flamboyant, black substance abuser, and a homosexual, who spent time both in Angola State Prison and a mental institution), he was considered a musical genius and thus given a certain amount of leeway. Very informative notes by Booker himself (some insight), Joe Boyd (the producer), and George Winston on Booker and his styling. An absolute must if you like New Orleans music.
(Allmusic - Bob Gottlieb)


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Various - Genesis: The Beginnings Of Rock Vol. 3 - Sweet Home Chicago

"Genesis" was a legendary series of albums compiled by British Blues experts Mike Leadbitter and Mike Rowe between 1972 and 1975. They were a lengthy celebration of the Chess catalog -- each volume was a box set that held four different LPs, complete with lavish illustrations and extensive notes about the music and the performers.
Over the last 40 years, the Chess catalog has been extensively reissued, but some of the cuts off of "Genesis" remain rare and hard to find even today. Although "Genesis" volume one stuck largely to material that had previously been issued on 78, volumes two and three opened up the gates with rare unissued cuts and alternate takes that had not seen the light of day since they were first recorded.
Although 12 volumes were originally slated for the "Genesis" anthology, it was sadly not to be. Critically acclaimed at the time they came out, it was either due to lack of sales, or perhaps due to co-compiler Mike Leadbitter’s untimely death in 1974 that saw the series grind to a halt after just three installments. The third and final volume, compiled by Mike Rowe, was dedicated to Mike Leadbitter when it came out in 1975. Today, they’re prized collectors items, holding a special place of honor among those who are lucky enough to have them in their collection.

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25/4/15 - Disc 4  now has the correct tracks.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Frits's Tapes Number 109, 110, 111, 112, 113

Tape 109:

Tape 110:

Tape 111:

Tape 112:

Tape 113:

This should keep everyone occupied for a week or two ... have fun listening.

Andrew McMahon - Blueblood

Chicago bassist who worked extensively with Howlin' Wolf's band before stepping out front as a vocalist with an album for the local Dharma label, Blueblood.
Not much to find on Andrew McMahon on internet. On this lp he's backed by Homesick James, Hubert Sumlin, Sunnyland Slim and more. Not a great lp by any means but still listenable.
I've also added the non-lp B side from his single and scan of a press photo as a bonus.


Lazy Lester - True Blues

Contrary to his colorful sobriquet, (supplied by prolific south Louisiana producer J.D. Miller), harpist Lazy Lester swears he never was all that lethargic. But he seldom was in much of a hurry either, although the relentless pace of his Excello Records swamp blues classics "I'm a Lover Not a Fighter" and "I Hear You Knockin'" might contradict that statement, too.
While growing up outside of Baton Rouge, Leslie Johnson was influenced by Jimmy Reed and Little Walter. But his entree into playing professionally arrived quite by accident: while riding on a bus sometime in the mid-'50s, he met guitarist Lightnin' Slim, who was searching fruitlessly for an AWOL harpist. The two's styles meshed seamlessly, and Lester became Slim's harpist of choice.
In 1956, Lester stepped out front at Miller's Crowley, Louisiana studios for the first time. During an extended stint at Excello that stretched into 1965, he waxed such gems as "Sugar Coated Love," "If You Think I've Lost You," and "The Same Thing Could Happen to You." Lester proved invaluable as an imaginative sideman for Miller, utilizing everything from cardboard boxes and claves to whacking on newspapers in order to locate the correct percussive sound for the producer's output.
Lester gave up playing for almost two decades (and didn't particularly miss it, either), settling in Pontiac MI in 1975. But Fred Reif (Lester's manager, booking agent, and rub board player) convinced the harpist that a return to action was in order, inaugurating a comeback that included a nice 1988 album for Alligator, Harp & Soul. His swamp blues sound remained as atmospheric (and, dare one say, energetic) as ever on subsequent releases including 1998's All Over You and 2001's Blues Stop Knockin', featuring Jimmie Vaughan.


Smokey Wilson - 88th. St. Blues

When Los Angeles-based guitarist Smokey Wilson really got serious about setting a full-fledged career as a bluesman in motion, it didn't take him long to astound the aficionados with an incendiary 1993 set for Bullseye Blues, Smoke n' Fire, that conjured up echoes of the Mississippi Delta of his youth.

Robert Lee Wilson lived and played the blues with Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes, Big Jack Johnson, Frank Frost, and other Mississippi stalwarts before relocating to L.A. in 1970 when he was 35 years old. But instead of grabbing for the gold as a touring entity, he opened the Pioneer Club in Watts, leading the house band and nobly booking the very best in blues talent (all-star attractions at the fabled joint included Joe Turner, Percy Mayfield, Pee Wee Crayton, Albert Collins, and plenty more).
Wilson recorded sparingly at first, his LPs for Big Town not doing the man justice. A 1983 set for Murray Brothers (recently reissued on Blind Pig) with harpist Rod Piazza and Hollywood Fats on rhythm guitar may have been the turning point; clearly, he was gearing up to leave his Mississippi mark on Southern California blues.
Smoke n' Fire and its 1995 encore, The Real Deal (a title now used for three contemporary blues albums in a year's time: John Primer and Buddy Guy have also claimed it), nominate Smokey Wilson as one of the hottest late-bloomers in the blues business.
Re-release some time ago on cd with 3 extra tracks.